Most of us take for granted that our bodies are designed to move, especially when we are young and healthy. Flexibility and ease of movement are second nature to most of us, until something happens to impact them. As time goes on, many of us begin to lose range of motion and everyday movements become more difficult, leaving us prone to tension and injury. At Greater Life Chiropractic, Dr. Grant Lisetor works with practice members daily to preserve and improve range of motion, allowing them to maintain quality of life for years to come.
Why Range of Motion Matters
While we generally have a sense of our own range of motion, it can actually be measured by assessing the movement near a specific joint or body part. This is typically a good proxy for flexibility as well, and the measures will take into account any pain associated with the movement.
Most often, range of motion will be measured as it relates to athletic activity, but it impacts all daily activities. Things as simple as brushing your teeth, driving your car, and eating a meal all require your joints to be moving properly. We often don’t think about these processes as we complete them, but when one breaks down, it becomes apparent how important these movements are. Severe limitations can lead to trouble walking and performing basic tasks.
Why Might You Lose Range of Motion?
For some, range of motion simply declines as we age or become sedentary. There are also a host of medical conditions, such as Cerebral Palsy and Rheumatoid Arthritis, that can lead to degenerating range of motion. In these cases, it can be important to seek care from a Charlotte chiropractor to work to prevent further loss.
In other cases, an injury will lead to limited range of motion, which often becomes a cycle. An injury that causes pain, stiffness, or joint dislocation may lead you to perform a certain movement less and therefore lose some of that range. Once your range of motion has been limited, it leaves you more prone to further injuries from pushing your body beyond its new limit.
Whether you experience limited range of motion in your elbows, shoulders, knees, or any other joint, the issue can likely be traced back to your spine. Because the spine affects other areas of the body, limited range of motion in the spine can impact all other movements.
Increasing Range of Motion with Chiropractic Care
One of the best ways to address range of motion is by visiting a Charlotte chiropractor who is trained in adjusting the spine to prevent and heal these issues. Studies indicate that spinal adjustments performed by chiropractors can have a positive effect on range of motion, both as a preventative measure and in those experiencing limitations.
When you see a chiropractor for a spinal adjustment, not only can we identify any misalignments that may be impacting motion, we can improve blood flow and reduce inflammation that are critical to improving movement.
At Greater Life Chiropractic, our team and Dr. Grant Liestor provide personalized care to address your concerns and specific needs to protect and improve your range of motion. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.
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